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for peace talks as the violence escalates. the country's ally, russia, is inviting the leader of syria's opposition to visit moskow for the first time but that offer turned down. some interesting developments here. let's get them from leland vittert live in our mideast bureau. leland? >> reporter: jon, no one really views russia as an honest broker here especially the rebels who for so long seen russia side with pat assad in this conflict. they don't really want to deal with the russians, hence turning down the invitation. the rebels now think time is on their side. the momentum is on the battlefield has shifted. for so long the rebels were outgunned and outmaneuvered. they hold major parts of northern part of the syria and major population centers in the center of the country that president assad up till now had control. one rebel fighter said we'll fight all the way to president assad's palace. the rebels don't see a reason to negotiate while president assad is in power. the while the offer from the russians may not be so significant is the fact they're making it is significant. russ
as pntr, with russia and moldova and to update russian human rights legislation. we have to take many difficult votes in this chamber, but this is not one of them. in fact, this is a rare opportunity to pass a good bill that we all can agree on. pntr is good for united states jobs. russia is a fast-growing market. when russia joined the w.t.o. in august, it opened its markets to the other 155 members of the w.t.o. who have pntr with russia. pntr will give u.s. farmers, ranchers, businesses and workers new opportunities in russia and new jobs here at home. our competitors in china and canada and europe are not taking advantage of these opportunities because they have pntr with russia, they already have it. we are the only w.t.o. member missing out on these opportunities. if we now pass pntr, we can level the playing field and compete, and if we compete we will win. we sell more beef, we sell more aircraft, we will sell more trademarks, we will sell more medical equipment and our banks and insurance companies will grow. pntr will give our knowledge industries greater protections for the
in los angeles. >> still ahead russia is about to ban adoptions by american sit sins. why they will crush the hopes of many parents. >> and the president back in washington with four days still to go before that so called fiscal cliff arrives. both sides trading blame today. >> also here, big change coming from people who park in san francisco. you can tell you won't like the news. >> if you're looking to buy a new car, now is a great time. i'll tell you why you n >>> another day closer to falling off the fiscal cliff. and from all appearances no compromise is in sight. today, the president returned to washington. he's sending lawmakers a scaled down plan to avoid that fiscal cliff. abc 7 mark matthews brings us up to speed on gridlock. >> sticking point continues to be tax cuts z in starting to look like no deal before the january 1 deadline. this may already be too late. five days until the fiscal cliff. hairy reid admitted a deal seems unlikely. >> i have to be honest. i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reid called john boehner a dictateor and paintin painting -- pointing
heartbreak to some prospective parents here in the u.s. in the process of adopting children from russia. president vladimir putin has signed a new law banning those adoptions, leaving shocked adults and children wondering what will happen next. here is nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: cindy and dennis boyer were weeks away from adopting baby adeline. they met the almost 2-year-old recently as they visited her russian orphanage. but now vladimir putin has signed a law that despite mounds of paperwork and thousands of dollars already spent, all the more than 1,500 adoptions currently under way and any future adoptions are permanently cancelled. >> she's for a home, ready for a family, ready to be loved. >> reporter: why the new adoption law signed so publicly? russian authorities say some of the adopted have been abused or died. one unruly boy was even sent back on a plane alone to russia. also at play here say u.s. experts, retaliation. a visa ban on russian officials accused of human rights violations. >> they're retaliating by holding hostage orphans that otherwise would have homes in
and nancy cordes. elaine quijano on the family heartbreak after russia's president bans all adoptions to americans. >> we ask president putin, please, can he set an alternate means but don't let me children suffer. >> glor: he met saddam hussein and made it look easy. david martin on the death of general norman schwarzkopf and what the world did not know about him. and "on the road" with steve hartman as a man tries to save his wife of 56 years. an unusual request that gets a surprising response. >> got two of them and i only need one. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> glor: good evening, scott is off tonight. i'm jeff glor. it is the end of a holiday week, but it would appear congress is just getting started. tonight, the president said he is mottestly optimistic about a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, which would mean avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts come, you know, 1. the president spoke to the nation this evening after an hour-long meeting with congressional leaders at the white house. democrat and republican leaders
to police. we have a link to the database on abc7news.com. look under see it on tv >> russia's parliament has approved a measure to ban americans from adopting russian children. now president vladimir putin is debating whether to sign it. the bill is in response to a new u.s. law calling for sanctions for russia found to have violated human rights 46 children about to be adopted by u.s. citizens will stay in russia, if the bill is signed. >>> president obama is cutting short his holiday to resume fiscal cliff negotiations. the white house says the president will leave hawaii tonight on a red-eye to washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies,
to the database on abc7news.com. look under see it on tv >> russia's parliament has approved a measure to ban americans from adopting russian children. now president vladimir putin is debating whether to sign it. the bill is in response to a new u.s. law calling for sanctions for russia found to have violated human rights 46 children about to be adopted by u.s. citizens will stay in russia, if the bill is signed. >>> president obama is cutting short his holiday to resume fiscal cliff negotiations. the white house says the president will leave hawaii tonight on a red-eye to washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> in
rebel fighters say they captured a military base. russia's foreign minister says he received guarantees from president assad he will not use chemical weapons against rebels. >> i met president assad and we exchanged views on the next steps that can be taken to move forward. the president spoke of his viewpoint and i told of what i gathered from my many meetings i of that indifference cities and with various officials in the region and outside the region. we also discussed the steps i see it can be taken to help the syrian people come out of the crisis. the situation in syria remains of high concern and with the party's move of the direction of a solution that the people of this -- of syria aspire to. >> let's be to our correspondent on the border between turkey and syria. as you say, this is brahimi's third trip and the situation has gotten significantly worse since the last time. are we any further forward this time? >> we do not have the details of the meeting, in a sense we did not know exactly what ideas brahimi presented to the syrian president bashar al-assad. he said we discussed
russia in the coming year. >> this is the crib we have. >> reporter: they are just one of hundreds that have been caught in an international political showdown. president vladimir putin plans to sign the ban on adoptions to the u.s. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law. it denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's tragic these children are potentially going to fall victim to senseless politics. >> reporter: the national council for adoption says with 700,000 russian orphans the kids are the ones caught in this political web. >> most of them have been matched with children. they consider these children part of their family already. they've introduced them via pictures and other methods to their siblings here in the united states. and it's really heartbreaking. >> reporter: a heartbreak that could become a reality that can do nothing but wait, watch and hope. >> we're the fong family. we want to provide a home to at least one boy from russia. and we have a home, we have a loving family.
in moscow as russia steps up its role in helping to find a political resolution to the conflict. the russian parliament says time is running out for damascus. >> it was a high-level meeting between syrian diplomats and the russian foreign minister. he made moscow's line clear -- the crisis has to be solved through political dialogue between the warring parties, but there was no mention of any new proposals to bring about that objective. the foreign ministry denied reports of a new peace plan from russia and the u.s. >> this plan does not exist. that is why it is not being discussed. with mr. brahimi and our american colleagues, we are trying to find a solution on the basis of the peace plan that was agreed upon in june. >> the geneva agreement calls for a cease-fire and the creation of a traditional government, something the united nations special envoy still wants to see. in damascus, he appealed for a government of national unity. >> this government would lead the country in a transitional phase, which would end with new elections. they could be presidential elections if the parties concer
.s. families are left in limbo following a law signed in russia banning american families from adopting there. hear from a bay area family who says she isn't giving up hope. >>> good evening i'm ken wayne. >> and i'm maureen naylor. frank and julie are off tonight. we begin with breaking news out of marin county where two people in the last hour have been rescued from the water near the golden gate bridge. coast guard officials tell us they received a call that two people were struggling in the water in this area. rescue boats raced to the site and just about 30 minutes ago coast guard crews pulled two people from the water. there's no word on the victim's identity or their condition. >>> as law enforcement agencies get ready for beefed up dui patrols around the bay area. a lawmaker is proposing a new bill that toughness drunk driving laws. patti lee joins us with details on that plan. >> reporter: there will be multiple dui checkpoints including here in palo alto which will have a command center set up by 9:00 a.m. these are after a bill passed this afternoon will help stop repeat drunk driv
what is going to happen next. >> russia has invited the officers of the syrian national coalition for parks, and is urging president bashar al-assad to do the same. they say russia must first condemn the president before dialogue him take place. russia says the transitional government should be put in place, with bashar al-assad staying in power. >> we have already had dialogue in cairo. we expressed readiness to meet with them, and are still ready. as we understand, they do not have any objection regarding the offer to leave. we are against interference from outside parties in syria. we understand we need a ceasefire. we agreed the geneva convention contains the elements to move forward for political settlement. >> in the caesarian title, schilling has devastated large parts of the city, including a large suburbs. the rebels say they have also made gains in eastern syria. fighters say they have captured this oil field. tens of thousands of mainly sunni iraqis turned out to protest the government. they are accusing maliki of marginalizing sunni leaders. >> a sea of people gatherin
in the feature story a yes section. >>> for families hoping to adopt terrible news out of russia. what the president is planning that could leave 46 children with loving parents waiting on this waiting waiting side of the ocean in limbo. >>> and why workers possibly going to strike. . >> and we continue to track a new storm system brewing down toward texas. how will it impact us? we will take a look at that at five. . >>> now to a story that's left dozens families in limbo. the russian president prepares to ban united states adoptions of russian children can. once signed it would take effect on new year's day. it's crushing the hearts of so many families here. >> reporter: russia's president said thursday he plans to sign a controversial new law banning united states adoptions. that dashes the hopes and dreams of hundreds of americans trying to adopt russian children. many of them with special needs. russian officials said that even 46 cases which are close to being done will be frozen. those children will now be offered to russian families. american parents thought they would bring
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left it there. . >>> i have two videos not from the u.s. the first one is from russia. police car chase. icy roads. crazy. >> crazy and it's common. >> just another day in russia basically. but what we haven't seen on the show, really is a russian car chase. >> sure. >> this black car that they're chasing is according to the poster of the video, a taxicab that was driving erratically. >> at night. >> at night. visibility, not all that great. of course, what do we expect to happen? >> it can't end well if it's on this show. >> he pulls into this garage driveway it looks like, but then pulls out and gets away. police continue to chase after this driver and finally it crashes into those cars. open the door, they pull the driver out. it's crazy. later they found out this guy was operating as a taxi, but the taxi sign at the top, fake. >> did anybody think that driving erratically happened to be icy snowy roads. >> in russia. >> they can't help it. >> even to them that was erratic. this video is from korea. this driver is pulling into a very tiny, narrow road. no room for error. you'd think.
apart. russia officially bans the adoption of russian children by americans. >>> and for the second time in a month, a man pushed to his death from a new york city subway platform in the path of an oncoming train. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley. you're in "the situation room." >>> all eyes on that white house this hour. and the meeting that may be the last best chance to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. right now, the leaders of the house and senate are sitting down with president obama in a search for an 11th hour deal to prevent severe tax hikes and spending cuts from automatically kicking in with the new year. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is getting new details. jess can ka, what are you hearing about that meeting? >> reporter: candy, the president is going to explain or reiterate the position he took on friday, that he would like a plan that extends tax rates for people who make $250,000 and below but raises them for those who make more than that. that it extends unemployment benefits for americans. and if the president, i'm told will
nations special envoy to syria this weekend. russia has repeatedly blocked the united nations from taking action against the syrian government but has recently taken steps to distance itself from the syrian regime. egypt's president mohammed morsi portion of voters opposed the enough constitution. he is calling for dialogue now to address the divisions that has polarized the nation and led to mass protests. still he had nothing concrete to offer his opponents. new document passed in a referendum with nearly 64% of the vote. critics say it restricts freedom and expands the influence of islamic law. president morsi and supporters says moderate democratic state in fighting depression, dictatorship, nepotism and corruption. the holiday shopping season is drawing to a close so bring on the after christmas deals and you can bet retailers will do whatever they can to get you back in their stores. because overall, holiday sales numbers are way way down. context and perspective from the fox business network ahead. plus, the healthcare overhaul. the super size drink ban, remember that. and the west
an anti-adoption law is officially on the books in russia. we will find out how it is impacting families in our area next.  >>> former president george h.w. bush is still in intensive care tonight, but a spokesman says he's improving. the former president has been in a houston hospital since november 23rd where he is being treated for a cough and bronchitis. the 40 first president was moved to -- the 41st president was moved to intensive care on sunday when he developed fever. the former president is alert and in good spirits and reported to have been singing with his doctors and his nurses. >>> something that's happened thousands of miles away has families in the u.s. very upset. the president of russia signed a ban that would prevent americans from adopting children in russia. 60,000 children have been adopted by american families in the last 20 years. as fox 5's beth parker shows us, the ban will change a lot of lives. >> reporter: a photo of the orphanage where nadia green spent her early years. >> i was little, i was so lonely in the orphanage i used to cr
. russian president vladimir putin signed a law banning u.s. citizens from adopting russian children. russia is one of the top countries from which america adopts. it could affect more than 1500 adoptions currently under way. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> four minutes after 5:00. the military world mourning the death of the man known as stormin' norman. he died yesterday from complications with pneumonia. he's best remembered as helping lead forces that kicked saddam hussein out of kuwait during the first gulf war. a friend of his says schwarzkopf was in love with america and was possessed by a sense of duty. norman schwarzkopf was 78 years old. former president george h.w. bush released a statement saying "general schwarzkopf epitomized the duty, service, country creed. more than that, he was a good and decent man and a good friend." >>> the 41st president is still in intensive care but it appears that he's still fighting saying he's in good hands. a spokesperson for the bush family says the former president will probably be in the hospital for a little while. but that he would advise people
stakeholders' liked iran and russia. >>thank you for your answers. i'm looking for something a little bit more specific. what is the relation between the new coalition and the military council? do you think they can become an administrative body for the revolution or a government in exile as you just described? >> is there a follow-up question? >> the new coalition actually put three things they have to do. the first to form a new government and to form a military council, and in the third thing the to play a role in the humanitarian assistance or humanitarian aid. the debate right now within the new coalition, are we able to form a government until we get it in guarantees from the international community, suc. restated three examples before of government in exile. if there is no recognition of the international community, there is nothing the government in exile can do. the second thing is the financial assistance. i said before, after the formation of the serbian national council, six months we don't have what we need to do. you cannot work as a workin exile with individual budgets. the rela
himself from the syrian president, speaking in the last half hour saying russia is not backing the syrian government at any cost. a different tone from someone who has been one of assad's allies. >> president assad has not visited moscow a lot during his tenure. he visited european capitals more often been then we are advocating a solution which would prevent a collapse of the region and the continued civil war. what is our proposal about? what is our position about? not to retain the regime price, but first people should agree on how their participation would guarantee the ruling. not by first destroying everything and then trying to negotiate. >> the media conference is ongoing. he has been speaking for three hours. he gets an opportunity once a year to speak to president vladimir putin. it is all happening in moscow. human rights watch says is really attacks in gaza violated international laws. the attacks killed two cameramen and wounded 10 other people. the group says these were unlawful attacks on journalists and media facilities during the november 2012 fighting. iraq's president h
. the suspect claims the victim was the aggressor in that. well, it is official. russia has banned american families from adopting russian children. we knew it was coming and apparently it is is in retaliation. the russian government is angry because the u.s. is drawing attention to its human rights violations. now, the u.s. state department firing back with an appeal on behalf of the little children already matched with parents waiting to come to the united states. and a lot of you are hoping this week's monster snow storm might help ease the nation's crip bling drought. but now business owners say they may have to resort to backup plans. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. when you're carryin
with russia. these signals are important and i appreciate them. i hope we'll have constructive dialogue. >> the two countries have been unable to sign a peace accord due to the territorial row through a group of islands. japan claims the northern territorys but russia controls them. >>> many are fearful of showing support for malala. >> the 15-year-old student was shot by the pakistani taliban in october after championing girls' rights to education. she was critically wounded but is currently recovering in the england. she hails from north western pakistan. a women's junior college in the region named itself after the teenager shortly after the shooting. the name change was a move to emphasize the importance of women's education. but students have held massive protests at the school this month. they say the new name increases their risk of militant attacks. officials decided this week to reinstitute the college's former name for the time being. they conferred with local authorities about what to do next. following the shooting in october, the pakistani government worked harder to improv
for a cough. >> a deadly plane crash in russia tonight. what investigators believe happened. >> following developing news from russia, where a passenger plane has crashed as it as it attempted to land in moscow. 4 people of the eight who were on board were killed, 4 others seriously injured. and the the woman who was gang raped in india at two weeks ago has died. the police in new delhi are urging people to stay calm. there have already been riots and the city. the crowds have demanding punishment for six people arrested in the attack. the woman and a male companion were insulted on a bus. the woman had severe organ failure from the injuries to her body and brain. >> an arrest and charges against a woman who pushed a subway passenger to his death in queens. she is charged with murder as a hate crime. investigators say the man was pushed in front of the subway train thursday night. the police released this sketch thursday night and said the tip led to our rest -- her arrest. >> a connecticut lawyer wants to sue the state for $100 million on behalf of the six-rolled survivor. -- a 6-year-o
the victim. >> many american families outraged over russia's decision to ban american adoptions. we talked to a family who knows the process very well. she adopted a disabled girl from russia when she was six. now she has won medals at the paralympic games. >>> parents can now request a franken on their child's credit. it's the first of its kind in the country. the request can be made to the three credit unis. in the past they were allowed to deny a party's request. >> weather wise, we're looking at a few passing clouds but these clouds edging in are the leading edge of a new system. winter weather advisory. it's for the northwestern half of the viewing area. south and east of baltimore anticipating under an inch or two and a wintry mix south of easten. in this areas not a winter weather advisory but could be slick. the snow begins to edge in. we'll talk about how much we get throughout the day saturday, what falls where on the map. it's coming up. >>> all right. now to the looming fiscal cliff and the last-ditch effort to stop the nation from going over. >> the president is meeting
. not sure what video that is. but we'll be right back. >> we want to tell you >> russia is taking drastic steps to prevent americans from don'ting -- don'ting -- adopting russian children. >> i thought i would have her here for this christmas. >> but for now baby paulina will stay in her russian orphanage. she says russian officials have made it nearly impossible. >> it's hurdle after hurdle. the process is incredibly burdensome. yesterday she made the difficult decision to withdraw her application for paulina. >> i would wait for her for years but i don't see any hope. >> it comes in the wake of the russian parliament's effort to push for a ban on u.s. adoptions on russian children. >> the proposal is seen as retaliation at the u.s. after president obama cracked down on human rights in russia. >> name of the proposed law is the original rush yab name of one of the children who tragically died in the country. >> the russian adoption expert said the ban could put the applications already in the pipeline in jeopardy. >> if it passed it means the suspension o
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second term. what happened? now, mr. putin bans american adoptions because america has criticized russia's cuban rights, oh, dear. the senate is in session, and the house will return late sunday and top lawmakers meet today at the white house. they've had months to reach a deal and still, there has been no deal and there's no negotiatable plan on the table. their failure to do their jobs, that's my opinion. if it was you or me we'd likely be fired by now. rick newman from u.s. world and news report is here. look, i've had it up to here with this. i think our viewers do, too, share this outrage? >> yeah, i think i'll have a meeting whether i'll do my job or not. stuart: really? >> a lot of people have not been paying attention until recently. this is affecting the real economy and we're going to absolutely see it affect the stock market. stuart: but nothing happens. look. >> and get everybody's attention. stuart: every media outlet, right, middle of the road expressing outrage. what is hang? >> worth taking a step back and people seeing this developing for a long time didn't have high exp
. but there is a vote going on on the senate floor a vote on the russia trade bill, that's under way. it may postpone senator mccain's comments just a bit. you heard senator reid, leader reid, asked about the resignation of jim demint who announced he's resigning to take over the conservative think tank the heritage foundation. he'll resign effective january 1. he was first elected to the senate in 2004. the senate is in today. they're voting on the russia trade bill. they have a couple of judicial nominations as well, after that, the -- legislatively that ought to do it for the senate. we're staying live here in the senate radio and tv gallery, expecting senator john mccain to come out shortly for a briefing. later at about 1:30, we'll take you live to a conference looking a at the arab spring and nuclear proliferation and later at 4:30 here in washington, the lighting of the national christmas tree, that's coming up for you this afternoon on c-span. the senate is in, votes under way on the russia trade bill, that's live on c-span 2. >> we expect senator mccain to be delayed just a little bit buzz o
, statements made by u.s. officials about russia's decision to ban americans from adopting russian children. vladimir putin signed the ban into law on friday. lawmakers there cite a history of abuse of russian children adopted by american families. many believe it was a retaliation about a law signed by president obama that poses u.s. travel and financial restrictions on human right s abusers in russia. good morning. you were in the process of adopting a 13-year-old boy named -- and his name is daniel from an orphanage in siberia. >> yes. >> tell me the status. is that on hold right now? >> it's definitely on hold because of the law that putin just signed in. but i'm ever hopeful that things are going to change. and i'm hopeful that better communication between both countries might cause putin to rethink the thing he just signed. >> how far along were you in this process to adopt him before the ban went into effect? >> well, i had already met daniel. i had lived over there for a few months in 2010 and spent a great deal of time with him. i completed my dossier. the region created a law bann
to be retaliation for a new u.s. law that targets human rights abuses in russia. in the past two decades, more , mo 60,000 russian children have been given new homes inside the u.s. it elaine quijano met one family whose adoption is now on hold. >> look at this. look. >> reporter: two years ago kim and robert summers decided to adopt from russia. it took nearly 18 months, but last july, the couple was matched with a 15-month-old boy. enen you saw his picture for the first time, what did you think? k i knew that this was the child i was meant to parent. and i took one look at this little ginger boy, and i fell in love with him. >> reporter: the summers began filling their new jersey home with baby clothes, a crib, and even a stroller. they traveled to his orphanage in russia twice to bond with him. >> say, hi, daddy. >> reporter: you've given him a name. >> yes. preston mackey summers. he's a wonderful young boy who needs love and attention. >> reporter: like 1,500 other american families, the summers torry that the law banning opericans from adopting russian thedren could prevent them from bringing
the peak holiday travel season, and it draws attention to the poor air safety record of russia. they are looking for tighter controls. >> it happens very often. too often. >> it could have been a greater loss of life. a passenger plane can carry up to to a hundred 10 people. it was virtually empty with few core members on board. aljazeera. >> a demonstration in the capital. there were orders to clear an area for traffic. the government is hoping that keeping shops open and will help the economy. in germany, the economic performance has been strong, but their future is intricately tied to the euro zone. 2013 and angela merkel. she faces challenges on the domestic front. a report. >> let us days and look as best as we can into the crystal ball to the year ahead for angela merkel. she emerged as perhaps the world's most powerful woman, certainly germany's most popular politician, but 2013 could well be a year of living dangerously for the german chancellor. at a recent conference, she rallied the troops for an election in september. >> we have kept our promise. through our leaders
has denied any intention of using chemical weapons. russia, a key syrian ally, dismissed the intelligence reports as rumors. yesterday in istanbul, russian president vladimir putin said he understands turkey's concerns about border security, but he warned that deploying patriot missiles could raise fears of a wider conflict. meanwhile, inside syria intense fighting flared again near damascus today. amateur video showed government warplanes carrying out new arrayeds. the syrian capital has seen escalating violence in the last week as rebels try to close the noose on president bashar al assad's regime and the military tries to recapture lost ground. amid the fighting, the state news agency reported that rebel more tar fire killed nine students and a teacher at a school outside damascus today. the opposition also reported the incident but did not say who fired the mortar. meanwhile, there are meanwhile, there are indications that russia's position on syria may be changing. the "new york times" reports that the russians had agreed to a new strategy to persuade president assad
? senator clinton -- secretary clinton meeting with russia, what can we do and what's the next step if they don't listen. >> it's a complex world the president is going to lead in. >> can i enter, you cover these issues all the time and did a lead story on nightly news on this topic. the question fors the president is ultimately what do you do when your foreign policy has been premised on bringing american troops home, at a time when american power and influence is needed particularly in the middle east, but there are no easy answers. this i think is what sort of calls out for an obama doctrine in a second term. he doesn't seem to have one at the moment which is a big issue. >> and doesn't have a foreign policy team yet. he's still wrestling with those decisions. more on that to come. david gregory, thank you very much. chris cizilla. coming up sunday on "meet the press," the fiscal cliff debate. the latest between house republican whip kevin mccarthy and assistant senate majority leader dick durbin, the two men who have been at the table. congress hearing from all sides on the fisc
now mr. vitaly churkin. he is russia's ambassador to the united nations. thank you for joining us. let me begin by asking you about the comment today made by your deputy foreign minister mr. bog don november. he said today "it is impossible to exclude a victory of the syrian opposition." how would you describe the situation in syria? >> well, you know i think he went on saying that the syrian government seems to be losing ground in the fighting with the opposition and i think this is obvious. but i don't think there is anything in that statement which one can welcome or not welcome. first of all, that doesn't mean that the trouble will end any time soon. the fighting may continue for a very long time still and the battle may keep going this way or the other way for a long time because you will recall when the crisis started the predictions were that it will last for two to four months and president assad is going to be toppled but that did not happen. another important thing to remember is that even if the current stage of the crisis were to end in the so-called victory of the oppositi
" tonight, we interview russia's ambassador to the united nations, vitaly churkin about syria and about u.s. ambassador susan rice's decision to take her name out of consideration to be secretary of state. >> woodruff: then, we turn to the fiscal crisis here at home. andrew kohut explains the latest poll numbers, showing strong support for the way president obama is handling the negotiations. >> warner: plus, ray suarez gets two views on proposals to raise the age of eligibility for medicare to 67, from 65. >> woodruff: it's bottoms up tonight for miles o'brien who reports on genetic links to alcoholism and other addictions. >> so far as i know, there's no law against reporting under the influence, so here goes something. while i may carry the genes of an irish pub crawler, my chances of becoming an alcoholic are slightly less. >> warner: and we talk with ambassador marc grossman about prospects for afghanistan as the u.s. prepares to withdraw troops by 2014 and as he leaves his post as u.s. special envoy to the region. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major fundi
with this card. that's it. >> the nra says it has 4.3 million members. >>> russia could be closing its doors to some american families. we'll explain why. [ nyquil bottle ] hey tylenol, you know we're kinda like twins. [ tylenol bottle ] we are? yeah we both relieve coughs, sneezing, aches, fevers. and i relieve nasal congestion. overachiever. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't. >>> welcome back to "early start weekend," 22 minutes past the hour. a former u.s. marine imprisoned in mexico for four months has been reunited with his family. john hammer was released yesterday, partly thanks to work from u.s. senator bill nelson. he was imprisoned on a questionable charge after police found him with an antique shotgun. his parents say u.s. officials told him it was okay to cross the border with the gun. but mexican officials accused him of violating their law. >>> julian assange says his website is preparing to release more than 1 million documents next year. he says they affect every country in the world. assange m
from one nation to the next. it's about to happen in russia. where moscow is going to approve a ban on american couples only from adopteding russian children. we just improved our trade relations with them, why are they doing this? have our relations with the putin regime deteriorated that much? senior fellow with the center of transatlantic relations at johns hopkins university. what is this really about? >> this is about vladimir putin playing to his base which is nationalistic and poor as he's losing moscow and it's about vladimir putin sending a signal to the united states that he does not want us interfering in russia's internal affairs and this is a convenient way to send that message. >> let's, explain why they would think that with this trade status improvement there was a little clause that said if someone violates human rights in russia you're not going to be able to get a vase to get in here. what is this law called? >> the magity insky bill. >> sergei died in prison. who helped kill him. >> the reason he was in prison, he's a lawyer. he was defending a guy who is a frequ
obama signed a new stark treatment. an agreement between united states and russia to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in each country's arsenal. he called that his top national security priority and he got the senate to ratify it. it's hard to put a bigger exclamation point on a policy than the way he's talked about nuclear disarmament. and counterproliferation. keeping the world safe not just from nuclear weapons, but nuclear material falling into the wrong hands. it's still this underappreciate ed it thing about what is important to him. and also how long it's been important to him. today president obama underscored how seriously he's taken this issue from the beginning of his career in a speech praising in part republican richard lugar's work on nuclear weapons and nuclear material as senator lugar prepares to leave washington after decades. >> it was dick who took me on my first foreign trip as a senator to russia and ukraine. i remember walking through one facility. i started leaning in for a closer look and one of the workers said don't touch that orange stuff. it it turned o
dictatorships. >>neil: maybe they are hanging their hat on this possibility of russia playing a role in getting assad to step down but that at best is wish will thinking, i think, and hanging your hopes on not having a backbone if you can get a back door deal with the guy who is kill all the people. >> russia has been supplying the assad regime with weapons. russia is one of the worst players in the middle east. in fact, it is very hard to come up with anything positive. russia has contributed to the middle east in living memory. i can't think of anything. >>neil: the united nations will do what? they get involved in all these other ridiculous time consuming wasteful enterprises and this is fat more immediate crisis. >>guest: what is going on is something we really should be asking, is it possible to set up alternative institutions, treaties, anything, to get things done that serve the needs of modern free societies because the n right now has done nothing to solve the horrors in syria, the iranian nuclear weapons program, the north korean weapons program and they are ready to test another ball
with russia's top diplomat and with the special envoy to the syrian crisis who said nothing sensational came out of it. but clinton and the russian foreign minister did agree to try to find some, quote, creative ways to end the bloodshed. and it looks like russia's stedfast support for assad could be nearing its end. the influential russian lawmaker who is tight with vladimir putin said, quote, we have shared and do share the opinion that the existing government in syria should carry out its functions, but time has shown its task is beyond its strength. back in washington, a spokesman for secretary clinton warned of the perils that the syrian people would confront even in a post assad era. >> we know these groups, al-qaeda and others, troy to take advantage of the environment assad has fostered over the last year or so. it is important that they -- that the syrian people get a government out of all of this that is representative of their desires and as separations. they -- aspirations. they don't want to trade one for the other. >> that has been a concern for u.s. policy makers in all of the
, secretary clinton insisted that the united states and russia share common goals in the region. >> trying hard to work hard with russia to stop the bloodshed in syria and begin a political transition to a post asad future. the pressure against the regime in and around damascus seems to be increasing. lou: at home, leon pa net fa issuing the -- panetta issuing the sharpest warning yet. >> the president of the united states made it clear there will be consequences. there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using chemical weapons on their own people. lou: neither the white house or pentagon elaborating on what the cons -- consequences would be, but having russia back them would be a determined outcome made by the promise of president obama in dealing with russia after winning a second term as he remarked to the russian president thinking they were off microphone as they met in south korea back in march. >> after my election, i have more flexibility. >> i understand. i just need permission -- lou: a full report on the disturbing turn of events in syria and the
, particularly with russia in terms of getting that message out that that's a red line that can't be passed. >> how essential is russia being involved? >> russia is key. russia has been backing assad diplomatically at the u.n. and has deep ties into assad's regime. if they begin to walk away from syria and there appear to be signals that they are distancing themselves, that will put pressure on those around assad to make sure that they do not take assad's lead in potentially using these weapons and helpses move towards the resolution of this. >> you have a ground strategy perhaps being considered and then you have an air strategy. air seems to be the one that's being discussed most because it can be most surgical. is there such a thing when we're talking about chemical weapons as being a surgical military option? >> there is not a clear surgical military it would take 75,000 troops to secure the sites that we know of, dropping ordinance on-sites that have sarin and even mustard gas and other nerve agents can be very damaging, get blown away in the wind. it's not clear this is surgical. the
to strike anywhere. now, russia says syria is taking steps to keep them safe. mohammed joins me from beirut. what exactly is syria doing. >> good morning, ra ndi. >> he says that syria has started moving its chemical weapons from various sites across the country and consolidated into one site. safe guard these weapons and make sure they don't fall in the hands of the wrong people. there were a lot of concern about this over the last few months. russia is taking this syria and trying to make sure these weapons don't fall into the wrong hands. the u.s. administration, as well as many other countries said for the last few weeks and the last few months if syria used chemical weapons that would be a red line and suffer severe consequences because of it, randi. >> are the weapons still a threat to the rebels? >> well, the rebels maintain that the weapons are a threat to them and a threat to the general population to syria. they said that they believe assad and his regime would result to utilizing those weapons. we should add, though, that the regime said on many occasions that they don't have che
in the old days. >> pretty happy. >>> coming up, an anti-adoption bill is signed into law in russia. how the controversial measure is having an impact on families in our area. >> and remembering norm an schwarzkopf. the reaction pours in for the general known as stormin norman. >> and two weeks after the newtown tragedy, volunteers become overwhelmed by the donations pouring into their community. [ malale announcer ] there are plenty of reasons to be jolly at the chevy year-end event because chevy's giving more. more efficiency with sonic and cruze... more function in equinox and traverse... more dependability with the legendary silverado... and more style in the all-new malibu. chevy's giving more at the year-end event because 'tis the season. chevy's giving more. this holiday season, get a 2013 cruze ls for around $149 per month or get $500 holiday bonus cash. . >>> something that happens thousands of miles away has families here in the united states very upset. the president of russia signed a ban that would prevent americans from adopting russian children. >> 60,000 children have bee
in russia. >> those poor kids. >>> want to move on to the weather. lots of snow, wind, hail everywhere across the u.s. the storm that brought snow and spun off tornadoes is still not over. ten deaths blamed on the storm. more than 2,400 flights have been canceled. it could dump more snow on new england and upstate new york today. boy, they don't need that. bonnie schneider with a look at the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. the storm we've been talking about is working its way to extreme northeastern new england. it is hitting canada hard. quebec is getting more snow. i mentioned yesterday that cold air would come in behind the system. it sure has. scranton at 26. below freezing in new york city at 31. just to let you know, it's not over yet. a brand new storm system set up these winter weather advisories for pennsylvania and into new york, washington, d.c., and the mountains of virginia. you can see also ohio slammed again after so much snow from the first system. so the way it's going to play out, saturday into sunday, this system is likely going to bring heavier snow to area
by russia's president overnight that bans adoptions by u.s. citizens. agonizing news for american couples looking to start or expand their families. nbc's michelle kosinski is here this morning with more. >> it more russian children are adopted here in america than any other country. we're talking tens of thousands of country over the last 20 years or so. as of this morning, russia has just made this illegal effective immediately in a sort of diplomatic dispute with the u.s. that seems to have very little to do with the children. they're like any proud parent. americans posting their stories of adopting russian children, showing their happiness on the internet. >> so we're leaving. >> this family traveled to russia in 2007 overjoyed to adopt ben. >> you've gotten to be a big boy. >> a head full of hair. >> i know. like daddy's. >> a relationship that took nearly a year to get started. >> it's a million pieces of paper. you laugh about it, but it really is quite an intensive process. >> now at home, ben just turned 7, very much an all-american boy. >> how about some milk? >> i hate milk. >
is watching very closely. >> secretary clinton, in fact, just wrapped up an important meeting in russia, syria's strongest ally. "time" magazine's jim frederick will join us live about the latest developments. we know president obama and speaker boehner spoke on the phone last night, talked a lot about that even though we don't know what they discussed. the first read team says a fiscal cliff deal is in sight. what do they think the big deal will be? join our conversation on twitter. find us at @tamronhall a and @newsnation. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, you won't just find us online, you'll also find us in person, with dedicated support teams at over 500 branches nationwide. so when you call or visit, you can ask for a name you know. because personal service starts with a real person. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our support teams are nearby, ready to help. it's no wonder so many investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. [ man thinking ] oh, this gas. those antacids aren't working. oh no, not that, not here! [ male announcer ] antacids don't re
for another addition for the family from russia in the coming year. >> this is our crib for our son. >> reporter: they are just one of hundreds caught in a international political showdown. president vladimir putin was defiantly saying he planned to sign the ban on adoptions to the u.s. the country's legislative branch had just passed the bill unanimously. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law that denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's very tragic that these children are potentially going to fall victim to really the senseless politics. >> reporter: lauren koch with the national council for adoption says, with 700,000 russian orphans, the kids are the ones caught in the political web. >> most of them have been matched with children. they consider these children part of their families already. they have introduced, you know, them via pictures and other methods to their siblings here in the united states. and it's really heartbreaking. >> bring it over here so we can see it. >> repor
nations need to isolate the president and su. >> we have two ways -- putting pressure on russia, china and iran to stop supporting this regime, and then this would be useful, or supporting militarily the opposition or the interfering by the nato to make free zone and no-fly zone. >> reporter: russia and china have repeatedly vetoed u.n. security council resolutions on imposing sanctions against syria. without their support, the international efforts can only put limited pressure on president assad. diplomats here are still hoping their efforts will help in some part to end the conflict in syria. however, after 20 months of violence, they've learned getting peace will take time. akira saheki, nhk world, tokyo. >>> satellite images show north korea could be preparing to launch another rocket. researchers at johns hopkins university in the united states say they have observed the first two stages of what appears to be a long-range missile. these images of the launch site in tongchang-ri on the west coast of north korea were captured on monday. researchers say they show trailers carrying t
'm a jew from russia who left russia 40 years ago and living in san francisco for 40 years. it's half of my life. i am more than 80 years old. this is one proclamation from mayor newsom when he was mayor. this is certificate of honor from mayor lee this year. this certificate of honor from board of supervisors this year. i carried four olympic torches four. i think i am one person in the united states who carried four olympic torchs and i carried it for san francisco. games los angeles, salt lake city, greece and china, beijing. i have them at home. it's a very good honor, four olympic torches. but maybe it's too much to talk about me. i was severely beat by one police officer, not physically, but morally. and this is more severe than physically, okay? i believe that this officer, maybe it will found for you strange, but i believe he is a racist and antisematic and maybe even a little fascist. first of all, he made that i am crazy, that i am a criminal, that i am crazy, that i am mad. and i am dangerous for myself and for my family and for people around me. this is what he wrote in officia
leaders have often been at loggerheads over the fighting in syria. russia is one of damascus' key allies and turkey is one of its most vocal critics. >> just before the talk, shells landed in a syrian border town. in germany, chancellor angela merkel's christian democrats have begun meeting in hanover for a party conference looking ahead to next year's elections. >> merkel's party has been grappling with consensus -- contentious issues, including whether to give same-sex part ners the same privileges which married couples enjoy. and to reelect chancellor kohl as the next party chairman -- chancellor merkel as the party chair. what is in store for this congress? >> something like a coronation. angela merkel is expected to be announced as the candidate, with the -- with something like you expect to see in the chinese congress. she is expected to receive 90% backing or more. she remains germany's most popular politician. there are no rivals insight within the party. she is the undisputed leader of the cdu. you might even say she is the cdu's main message that begins -- and at the meeting th
ballet in russia. the 18-year-old practices eight to 10 hours a day in moscow. six days a week through sickness even broken bones. >> it's company of incredible dancers who they worked through worse. they were still dancing during world war ii. >> she was given special permission to come back to perform in this weekend's nutcracker her mentor and former teacher at the west side school of ballet asked her to dance at the sugar plum fairy as she lay dying of cancer this summer. >> for me it was important as a last gift and as a thank you to her for everything that she's done. >> and for womak, performing gives her a gift as well. >> the feeling when the orchestra plays and the curtain rises and the three or four minutes we're on stage. nothing can touch you. it's just you and the audience. >> when she returns to russia, she's going today to, debut as a soloist in a performance. >> we'll be right back. ,,,,,, well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom was recordi
to syria at a conference in ireland. russia has been a key player. do you understand whether the russians are getting closer to a western position when it comes to assad's future? >> if they are common their remarks from the meeting did not seem to suggest that they were prepared to go the extra mile or make some kind of deal. the issue is the fact that the u.n. security council is paralyzed. paralyzed over this whole issue of syria. the western countries have one position. russia and china have another. both sides actually need to move. holding on to positions that do not work. and the absence of a security council resolution means the joint u.n./terribly peace mission -- the joint u.n.-piece -- the joint u.n.-arab league peace mission is at a standstill it is hard for them to make progress. if they cannot make progress, then as things began to fragment here, more people die and the big worry is that syria might even descend into being a failed state. >> and now we go to retired general james dupnik at the institute for the study of war. thank you for coming in, general. how much do we k
to report. most of the south bay checking in free. >>> the u.s. and russia are starting to work together in hopes of ending the civil war in syria. secretary of state hillary clinton met yesterday with russia's foreign minister and a united nations mediator in ireland. there's a new sense of urgency because assad's regime appears to be getting desperate. >> we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advanced, in particular on damascus that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> in washington, arizona senator john mccain said the u.s. should consider all options to prevent chemical attacks in syria including military intervention. as for the crisis in cairo, the white house says president obama has called egyptian president mohammed morsi to express concerns about the deaths and injuries of protesters there. morsi's supporters have been clashing with his opponents who have been protesting for a couple of weeks now. they're upset that morsi gave himself sweeping powers that place him above judicial oversight. this is a live picture outside
receives 40% of its natural gas from russia. german investment and technology will be playing a key role in the project. >> it is a victory for russian president vladimir putin. they looked on as the first segments were welded together in western siberia. it is three weeks since bulgaria gave the go-ahead for the project. the last transit country to do so. >> this project has the political support of all partner countries. all have signed the contracts and taken their investment decisions. the pipeline will move huge amounts of gas. 63 billion cubic meters. >> that is how much gas sell stream is to move once it is completed by 2019. it is being routed from the black sea to italy and bypasses the current transit country, ukraine. moscow has argued with kiev over fees and gas prices for years. a feud that has often cut off gas supplies to western europe. >> south stream could soon make ukraine much more willing to compromise. kiev could even agree to some form of russian involvement in its pipeline system and its modernization. >> the launch of south stream gives it a head start. and this
. as a result hundreds of washington state weddings are expected today. >>> you know lady gaga is in russia and her tweet caused quite a stir. she said this. thank you, prime minister, medvedev for not standing by your party's anti-gay problem began da law and instead supporting my show and fans all over russia. >>> news of fiscal cliff talks have been making headlines. here is their twist on budget talks for today's late-night laughs. >> we'd like to announce that we have reach and agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. in order to get the support of the speaker, i agree there would be no tax increases. i repeat, zero tax increases. now, why would i do that? i mean i won the election. i had the leverage. why give in? well, simply put, i felt sorry for this man. earlier this week i found my way into the congressional cafeteria, and what i do see? john boehner sitting by himself. all alone. not a single member of his party wanted to share his company. he didn't even have any milk to drink because, well, tell them why, john. >> they had taken my milk and thrown it in the garbage. >> these are s
in washington. >>> still to congress on the show, russia has joined the wto. it did it just four months ago, but complaints with its lack of compliance with the laws are already stacking up. we'll get a view when we come back. >>> wto regulations are valid according to a top trade lawyer. karen spoke to an expert and asked why the u.s. invariably features as the main protagonist. >> i think there's a number of factors going on here. first of all, i think it's absolutely normal for the united states to be the most tiff wto dispute settlement participate. if you look at the figures, i think they have been the most active every single year since the wto was founded. it's a natural by-product of the huge size of the u.s. economy. they're the most active trading nation so they're going to trigger the most disputes. they sue the most and they are sued the most. that's absolutely normal. i think presidential politics played into this, as well. as you saw in the last stages of the campaign, both candidates, including president obama wanted to look tough on trade issues and filed a number of cases a
market economics and democracy a bad name in russia. people are still afraid of that today. >> the marathon press conference lasted four hours, but president putin had little to offer that was really new. >> it was a fighting performance by vladimir putin who likes to present himself as a faithful servant of the russian people, but there was a lack of fresh ideas and concrete answers. his words sounded a lot more like holding onto power than a new beginning for the good of russia. >> efforts to bail out ciphers are running into fresh obstacles. a german newspaper is reporting that the international monetary fund is not prepared to contribute to the bailout fund unless creditors wave part of the country's debt in what is known as a hair cut. >> the imf is concern that cypress will not be able to keep up with interest payments. it has been widely reported that nation is seeking 17 billion euros and could default if it does not receive help in the coming days. >> in germany, a surprise announcement at deutsche telekom as the chief executive says he will step down at the end of
report in minutes. heather: and new controversy over a move by russia's president that critics say is playing politics with the lives of orphans. what it could mean for americans who want to adopt overseas. our legal panel debates. i greg: welcome back. jenna: a fox extreme weather alert. this is no system bringing heavy wind and rain and snow to the northeast for dumping as much as 1.5 feet of snow on new york and pennsylvania. after devastating parts of the golf coast with tornadoes speak to the system is moving slowly north. but don't put away the snow shovels yet. there is another storm on the way. jenna: maria molina joins us with the very latest. reporter: you guys are right. we have another snow system that will dump a lot more snow over the northeast, and it actually produced tornadoes on christmas day. you sure you guys that this was historical. there are lots of city scenes of 14 inches of snow. across parts of upstate new york, we have reports of snow coming down out there still. our current storm or an excellent system is starting to take shape, producing areas of light
parents. why she says, they >>> russia's president has made it official, it is now illegal for americans to adopt children from russia. vladimir putin signed the bill banning the adoptions earlier this morning. the law also stops dozens of adoptions currently underway. americans have adopted more than 60,000 russian children. the ban is believed to be in retaliation for a u.s. law that calls for sanctions against russian officials who violate human rights. >>> now explosive family feud. 21-year-old music theater major has filed a restraining order against her parents for stalking her. automobile bring ireland says she took legal -- legal action against her parents after realizing they installed monitoring software on her computer and phone she said it made her feel like a dog with a collar. >> mom has always been overly involved and i would have to get on skype all the time and show them i was in my dorm room there were nights i had to leave myscape on all night and my mom would watch me sleep. >> she claims her parents have been diagnosed with co-dependency disorder. they say their daug
any reason not to sign the bill. putin says u.s. authorities deny russia access to children adopted from the country. d the law will deny many russian children the opportunity to get a family. unicef estimates there are 740,000 children without parents in russia. >>> do you use those companies that give a cash advance for a paycheck? >> if so, you may be getting some of that money back. >> health scare for a protected panda. we'll tell you what sent teams racing to its res >>> good morning thursday, 4:52. live look from mount sutro toward san francisco what do you not see? rain. that's only short-lived. tomorrow the rain moves back in. mike has more on when that is going to happen, coming up. >>> the u.s. department of commerce is due to release figures for new home sales. today's update for november will likely hold steady3íÑ,ç ift rise a bit, they predict 375,000 in new sales. numbers slipped last month. new building permits ticked higher. the report is expected at 7:00 this morning. >>> thousands of california residents could be getting a big check thanks to a payday loan ste
change if you want to park in san francisco. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, crash of a commercial jetlir in russia. a camera inside a car on a moscow freeway s the moment of impact. >>> dramatic video captures the crash of a commercial jetliner in russia. a camera inside of a car on a moscow freeway shows a moment of impact. debris goes ming across the road. the plane slammed into the ground short of the runway. five crewmembers were killed. there were no passengers on board. >>> well, another deadly crash closer to home. a tour bus slid off of an icy interstate in oregon this morning killing nine people. it happened in the eastern part of the state near the city of pendelton. the bus crashed through a guardrail and went down an embankment a few hundred feet. rescue workers used ropes to reach survivors. >>> three people were killed when this home made plane crashed near san diego county. it went down inside of the sycamore canyon. it was headed from san diego to phoenix. the cause of the crash is under investigation. >>> well, as we get prepared to say good-bye to 2012 we are bidding a fond farew
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the arrests, an allegation he denies. russia's foreign minister says he will welcome any country's offer for a safe haven for al assad. he also says syria is using chemical weapons to keep them safe from rebels. united states has warned syria against using the weapons. the army has shelled several districts in the capital. an armed group says it is preparing to impose a no-fly zone over the city. >> we have intelligence proving the regime is using commercial flights to transport troops and military gear to murder unarmed civilian people. we issued this warning to all civilians to refrain from using commercial planes to avoid being used as human shields. any plane in the sky will be targeted by anti-aircraft missiles. we have imposed a no-fly zone in this province. this will come into effect within three days. >> let's hear from our correspondent who has an update on the turkish-syrian border. >> an ultimatum was issued. we saw the video on the internet. they told the local population you have to do your duty to take out assad's forces. you have to open the door to rebels or we will launc
a restraining order >>> russia's president has made it official, it is now illegal for americans to adopt children from russia. vladimir putin signed the bill banning the adoptions earlier this morning. the law also stops dozens of adoptions currently underway. americans have adopted more than 60,000 russian children. the ban is believed to be in retaliation for a u.s. law that calls for sanctions against russian officials who violate human rights. >>> now explosive family feud. 21-year-old music theater major has filed a restraining order against her parents for stalking her. automobile bring ireland says she took legal -- legal action against her parents after realizing they installed monitoring software on her computer and phone she said it made her feel like a dog with a collar. >> mom has always been overly involved and i would have to get on skype all the time and show them i was in my dorm room there were nights i had to leave myscape on all night and my mom would watch me sleep. >> she claims her parents have been diagnosed with co-dependency disorder. they say their daughter is a
signed a bill to keep americans from adopting children from russia. it's in response to a -- that targets russians. children who are in the process of being adopted now cannot leave the country. the u.s. is the biggest destination for adopted children from russia. >>> general norman is being remembered as a straight talking commander. >> you are all better trained, better equipped, better led, believe it or not inspite of mre you are better fed. okay. but most of all, you are a hell of a lot tougher than they are. >> the 78-year-old general died yesterday in florida from complications from pneumonia. >>> time now 4:44. new york police are searching for the person who killed a man by pushing him on to the subway tracks. it happened last night. authorities say the man was shoved in front of a northbound train. police believe she was pushed by a woman in her 20s. witnesses say she fled the station after the incident. the man later died at the scene. he has not yet been identified. >>> two uc berkeley law students have been charged with animal cruelty. 24-year-old erik cuellar. and justin tei
>> syrian government forces bombarded the city. there's no russia-u.s.-backed peace plan on the table. this is al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha. an assassination that shocked the world. five years after the death of benazir bhutto, are we any closer to knowing who killed her? president obama cutting short his holiday to take up the financial fight in washington. plus -- >> in central kenya, this is one of the last remaining northern white rhinos in the world. new technology could help protect it. >> welcome to the program. i wish there was a plan, words from the man trying to broker a peace deal in syria. international envoy lakhdar brahimi made the comments in the last few hours at the end of a trip to syria. he met with representative poe representatives from both sides. >> some have come here to market a russian-american project. i wish there was a russian- american project. hence, i did not come here to market it. >> the syrian government delegation led by the country's deputy foreign minister has been in russia for talks. he was reportedly sent to mosco
to finally find help for her problems when so many others are still looking. >> russia's president says he'll sign a bill banning u.s. citizens from don'ting children from his country. rights groups say, though, children in russia's crowded orphanage will find less of a chance to find a home. >> so far i see no reason not to sign it although i have to review the final text and weigh everything. in the world there are probably a lot of place where is the quality of life is better than here. but so what? are we going to move the children there? we need to do everything in our own country in order to provide for a worthy future for all of our children. >> a mass rally is being held in madrid over plans to cut 4,500 jobs in the spanish airlines. iberia includes british airways. the country says the restructuring should boost profits over the next years. >> electricity bills are set to sore to pay for the massive cost of alternative power sources. our report from berlin. politicians could make this an issue for the next election. >> low powered lightbulbs and tips about using your appliances wi
by russia and the u.s. may be the only chance to prevent a sectarian war in syria. >> the situation in syria is very bad. very, very bad and the differences are increasingth >> but most syrians remain skeptical of brahimi's initiative. they say assad and those loyal to him should be discarded from any future deal. army troops have intensefied air strikes across the country. here in the eastern province, fighter jets bombed rebel strongholds. the military is stepping up its campaign to stop the rebels from advancing. there was been mass destruction on the eastern out skirts of damascus where the rebels are holding territory despite con tant air strikes. the siege -- besieged towns bear the brunt of the assault to push the rebels out of damascus. these are the victims of the raging violence in homs. activists say dozens of people were killed by the army, which took the area. on syrian tv, trenches dug by the rebelled to protect themselves from shelling the but in the absence of a decisive military victory, the rebels will have to decide whether to negotiate piecemeal or brace for a prolonged w
been a supporter of bashar al assad, there are some signs that russia's confidence in the regime is slipping. news that richard engel was safely freed from syrian kidnappers is attracting a ton of attention online and relief in the nbc family. richard described his ordeal yesterday on the "today" show. >> as we were moving along the road, the kidnappers came across a checkpoint. so we were in the back of what you would think of as a machinemachin minivan. as we were driving along, the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gunfight with it. two of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle, and the rebels took us. >> engel who has been reporting on the syrian conflict since it began was safely moved to turkey. >>> as president obama prepares his second term cabinet, is he looking to find a spot for american express ceo chenault. he may replace timothy geithner in treasury department. the amex executive is a long-time ally of the president and already serves on his jobs council. >>> to business news, after an extensive investigation by regulators, ubs will pay a
in russia. also we're learning more about the suspect accused of pushing a man in front of a new york subway. her surprising confession. >>> and new photos from mars. >>> that's new dash cam video tonight of a deadly plane crash in moscow. this was posted on youtube and shows the moment a red wings airline plane overshoots the runway at russia's third largest airport and comes to rest near the highway. there were no passengers on the plane and apparently no one on the ground was hurt but at least four members of the eight person crew died. investigators still trying to figure out why the plane veered off the runway. we're getting our first look at the woman accused of pushing a man in front of a subway train in queens. police have charged 31-year-old erica menendez with murder as a hate crime. she was arrested this morning after someone recognized her from this surveillance video. menendez is accused of shoving 46-year-old sodano sen onto the tracks as the train approached on thursday. police she she admitted to doing it because she said she hated hindus and muslims since the 9/11 terrorist
. the state department says it regrets this decision along with russia's new restrictions on civil society organizations that work with mile-per-hour partners. the adoption law is really believed -- american partners. the adoption law is really believed is in some way linked to other human rights violators from traveling to the states and freezes their assets. some say you can't link the two laws. translator: i think this law is absolutely outrageous and despicable. this is a law that punishes russian children for $230 million stolen by russian bureaucrats. >> reporter: this boy is the son of a woman with disabilities in russia and the american family that is about to finalize an adoption with him may be his last chance for a home. >> now in our son's case 22 families, russian families, came to see him and rejected him because of his bloodline. >> reporter: there are dozens of russian children already in the final stages of the process of adoption by american families, many of whom have already jumped through several hoops to prove to the russians that they are fit parents. the u.s. gov
and russian foreign ministers meeting with the u.n. envoy to syria at a conference in ireland. russia has been a key player. do you understand whether the russians are getting closer to a western position when it comes to assad's future? >> if they are common their remarks from the meeting did not seem to suggest that they were prepared to go the extra mile or make some kind of deal. the issue is the fact that the u.n. security council is paralyzed. paralyzed over this whole issue of syria. the western countries have one position. russia and china have another. both sides actually need to move. holding on to positions that do not work. and the absence of a security council resolution means the joint u.n./terribly peace mission -- the joint u.n.-piece -- the joint u.n.-arab league peace mission is at a standstill it is hard for them to make progress. if they cannot make progress, then as things began to fragment here, more people die and the big worry is that syria might even descend into being a failed state. >> and now we go to retired general james dupnik at the institute for the study of wa
for showing us this. >> you're welcome. >>> two insane dash cam videos from russia. the first one, the driver is listening to the cure's "close to me" and titled "second birthday." you're about to see why. >> whoa! >> oh, my goodness. >> no kidding. the driver, obviously, on a wet road. the semi truck swerves into his lane sending him in the direction of two oncoming semis. >> that's a scary sight when he goes over into oncoming traffic. you see the two trucks side by sidep. good thing he was in the car he was in. >> i like to think he's in a real skinny car. if he was in a big suv. >> forget it. >> he would have ran out of room. >> notice how the two oncoming trucks the red one swerved in the direction of the other truck which you can only imagine meant they two collided with each other right behind him. insane. if in this second video, honestly all i can say is holy beep. look closely at the road up ahead. >> whoa! is. >> where the heck was that guy going? he was shot out of a cannon. >> out of nowhere this other car obviously driving incredibly fast, comes in cuts him off and ends up slamm
to say australia and switzerland. they are on the top 10. but here you have russia which is way down on the bottom of the list right before syria. cuba is way ahead of russia. >> who is behind the u.s. on that list? look who is next to us. >> behind the u.s. is germany and uae. united arab of emirates. >> when you go to dubai, did you see the islands? they are empty. nobody is there. >> that's what makes it a happy place. >> usa number one. we solved that problem. from rankings to spankings. after they gripped some have griped. mesa, arizona high school is getting a lot of crap for forcing two students to hold hands for punishment of fighting. the parents were giving the choice of suspension or holding hands in front of classmates. kids were laughing at them calling them name asking, are you gay? a photo of the boys sitting in the chair paw in paw ended up on facebook, a famous book of faces. one commenter said it encourages bull -- bullying and another says it sends a bad message to gay students. we asked a student to comment. >> that's not right. >> that student has been in a lot o
.s. is exploring with allies and russia for instance, today. as we reported in the "new york times," the administration is communicating through russia to syria against not only using these chemical weapons but against these type of attacks. >> rose: how do you measure the relationship between the united states and russia on this particular question where they have in a sense -- they are very precise about what they say and they say they are opposed to somebody coming into the country. they're not, as they say, wedded to the assad government. >> that's right. they've taken a different position over the last several months in they're not necessarily wedded to that government. however syria remains the largest arms customer for russian weapons exports. the russians use a military base, a naval base on the syrian coast so they were very important in that sense. but russia obviously wants to maintain influence in the middle east and through syria and if they can't do it through assad regime, perhaps another regime that would still be willing to deal with them could be acceptable. >> ro
here that might be changing, and that is russia's position. if russia unloads their support of assad, i think assad is almost gone, and you are seeing that happening with assad saying he's going to use some of these chemical weapons. it's desperation. what i think we also are seeing is stronger pressure from some of the other surrounding countries, turkey, qatar, i think the european union is seeing the effects of assad falling and by the way, the use of chemical weapons hasn't happened. they've brought some of the sarin together. >> i wonder if some of these chemical weapons could have been transferred from iraq and lead up to the war. dick cheney said last night, andy, that our alleys no longer trust us and our allies and our enemies no longer fear us. what do you think of that? >> well, look. i think he's right. i think in this equation it's clear that president obama again has moved the goal post on a commitment that he made. that said, i must say i'm more concerned about the assad successor regime and the haste of the administration. i think actually the president's been -- i don't
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can we expect in the next four years? >> from the moment we met ben outside of st. peter's, russia, we fell in love. >> and tensions escalate between the u.s. and russia after putin tells americans he won't let them adopt russian children. could this be the start of a new cold war? caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone and "the factor" begins right now. ♪ >> laura: thanks for watching us tonight. late yesterday, supreme court justice sonia sotomayor denied an appeal to temporarily delay the obama care contraception mandate. it requires workers health benefit plans to cover the morning after pill and other emergency contraceptions. in september is, hobby lobby a chain of more than 500 arts and crafts stores and its sister company of christian themed book stores sued the government claiming it violated the religious rights of the company's other thans, evangelical christians. they requested emergency relief from the emergency contraception mandate after a lower court denied their request for a religious exemption. the into you rule goes into effect on new year's day. althoug
survived. >>> in russia a crash scene at the country's third busiest airport. and now we have learned at least four people died there and others were badly injured. the airliner slid off the runway which is about 17 miles from the center of moscow. the plane landing partly on the highway before breaking into pieces and catching fire. officials saying there were those eight people on board because the jet was returning from the czech republic. they say initial indications point to pilot error as the cause. into. >>> a new development in the wake of the connecticut school masacre. an attorney seeking permission to sue the state for $100 million on behalf of a six-year-old survivor. the attorney says the potential lawsuit is about improving school security. it is not about money, he says. he claims the connecticut board of education and the state education commissioner failed to take steps to protect the children from, quote, foreseeable harm. he says his client whom he is not identifying suffered serious emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the shooting. >>> the fbi is repo
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